These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Colorado For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Colorado are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Colorado, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Centennial State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Colorado based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Colorado ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Colorado for 2019:

  1. Columbine Valley (Homes)
  2. Frisco (Photos | Homes)
  3. Acres Green (Homes)
  4. Niwot (Homes)
  5. Castle Pines Village (Homes)
  6. Lyons (Photos | Homes)
  7. Meridian (Homes)
  8. Holly Hills (Homes)
  9. Telluride (Homes)
  10. Upper Bear Creek (Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Columbine Valley, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Centennial State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Colorado

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 101 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 101, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Colorado. Top of that list — Columbine Valley.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Colorado.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,165
Median Income: $128,636 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $756,100 (4th Best)
More on Columbine Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Frisco, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,977
Median Income: $67,938 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $577,000 (11th Best)
More on Frisco: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,824
Median Income: $85,556 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $292,100 (34th Best)
More on Acres Green: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,445
Median Income: $109,886 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $642,400 (8th Best)
More on Niwot: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,325
Median Income: $221,250 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,024,400 (1st Best)
More on Castle Pines Village: Data | Homes For Sale

Lyons, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,085
Median Income: $97,917 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $462,100 (21st Best)
More on Lyons: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,382
Median Income: $80,950 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $413,900 (23rd Best)
More on Meridian: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,797
Median Income: $117,917 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $370,400 (29th Best)
More on Holly Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,921
Median Income: $65,313 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $764,400 (3rd Best)
More on Telluride: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,057
Median Income: $113,875 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $599,800 (9th Best)
More on Upper Bear Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,670
Median Income: $150,284 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $646,700 (7th Best)
More on Genesee: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,422
Median Income: $122,083 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $464,500 (20th Best)
More on Timnath: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,018
Median Income: $53,654 (54th Best)
Median Home Value: $378,300 (26th Best)
More on Mount Crested Butte: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 1,808
Median Income: $100,033 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $502,900 (18th Best)
More on Inverness: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,816
Median Income: $96,586 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $283,500 (35th Best)
More on Severance: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,385
Median Income: $67,279 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $540,800 (13th Best)
More on Crested Butte: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,070
Median Income: $234,091 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $889,300 (2nd Best)
More on Pine Brook Hill: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,141
Median Income: $82,679 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $522,600 (15th Best)
More on Minturn: Data | Homes For Sale

Eaton, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,931
Median Income: $75,265 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $243,400 (41st Best)
More on Eaton: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,133
Median Income: $106,136 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $400,000 (25th Best)
More on Floyd Hill: Data | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Colorado are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Colorado:

  1. Olathe
  2. Towaoc
  3. Parachute

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Colorado

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Columbine Valley 1,165 $128,636.0 $756,100.0
2 Frisco 2,977 $67,938.0 $577,000.0
3 Acres Green 2,824 $85,556.0 $292,100.0
4 Niwot 4,445 $109,886.0 $642,400.0
5 Castle Pines Village 4,325 $221,250.0 $1,024,400.0
6 Lyons 2,085 $97,917.0 $462,100.0
7 Meridian 3,382 $80,950.0 $413,900.0
8 Holly Hills 2,797 $117,917.0 $370,400.0
9 Telluride 1,921 $65,313.0 $764,400.0
10 Upper Bear Creek 1,057 $113,875.0 $599,800.0
11 Genesee 3,670 $150,284.0 $646,700.0
12 Timnath 2,422 $122,083.0 $464,500.0
13 Mount Crested Butte 1,018 $53,654.0 $378,300.0
14 Inverness 1,808 $100,033.0 $502,900.0
15 Severance 3,816 $96,586.0 $283,500.0
16 Crested Butte 1,385 $67,279.0 $540,800.0
17 Pine Brook Hill 1,070 $234,091.0 $889,300.0
18 Minturn 1,141 $82,679.0 $522,600.0
19 Eaton 4,931 $75,265.0 $243,400.0
20 Floyd Hill 1,133 $106,136.0 $400,000.0
21 Coal Creek 1,952 $103,068.0 $361,000.0
22 Indian Hills 1,381 $83,935.0 $401,000.0
23 Perry Park 1,871 $124,405.0 $514,600.0
24 Breckenridge 4,833 $76,774.0 $433,300.0
25 Bayfield 2,576 $59,185.0 $265,600.0
26 Basalt 3,849 $73,490.0 $554,700.0
27 Buena Vista 2,720 $46,643.0 $221,800.0
28 New Castle 4,663 $87,345.0 $308,100.0
29 Todd Creek 4,012 $134,423.0 $533,000.0
30 Rangely 2,169 $72,550.0 $168,400.0
31 Leadville 2,645 $42,017.0 $167,200.0
32 Silverthorne 4,364 $50,727.0 $593,400.0
33 Dillon 1,062 $60,568.0 $484,800.0
34 Mead 4,315 $91,705.0 $343,500.0
35 Georg 1,141 $61,406.0 $261,400.0
36 Strasburg 2,888 $75,909.0 $230,900.0
37 Keystone 1,187 $70,188.0 $683,500.0
38 Holyoke 2,316 $61,563.0 $125,400.0
39 Palmer Lake 2,643 $63,646.0 $239,300.0
40 Dolores 1,005 $52,404.0 $168,900.0
41 Elizabeth 1,075 $58,523.0 $221,500.0
42 Mountain Village 1,636 $44,342.0 $661,800.0
43 West Pleasant View 4,220 $68,190.0 $262,200.0
44 El Jebel 4,062 $87,346.0 $504,100.0
45 Ponderosa Park 3,455 $100,313.0 $371,300.0
46 Laporte 2,357 $53,911.0 $269,100.0
47 Yuma 3,526 $41,404.0 $125,200.0
48 Hayden 1,794 $55,104.0 $207,900.0
49 Burlington 3,834 $41,047.0 $116,000.0
50 Pierce 1,049 $54,583.0 $157,100.0
51 Lincoln Park 3,035 $41,392.0 $167,900.0
52 Keenesburg 1,394 $64,348.0 $198,300.0
53 Dacono 4,929 $54,879.0 $209,100.0
54 Leadville North 1,786 $45,567.0 $228,800.0
55 Ridgway 1,064 $43,438.0 $372,200.0
56 Fraser 1,688 $52,267.0 $282,300.0
57 Kersey 1,825 $66,607.0 $163,000.0
58 Granby 1,813 $58,281.0 $222,600.0
59 Ault 2,054 $53,047.0 $179,200.0
60 Nederland 1,496 $54,875.0 $352,600.0
61 Log Lane Village 1,211 $35,982.0 $78,700.0
62 Palisade 2,663 $38,092.0 $182,800.0
63 Limon 1,256 $39,167.0 $126,300.0
64 La Salle 2,754 $52,269.0 $171,100.0
65 Mancos 1,714 $39,417.0 $186,600.0
66 Wiggins 1,033 $52,014.0 $162,700.0
67 Julesburg 1,299 $52,500.0 $91,300.0
68 Wray 2,488 $38,988.0 $130,900.0
69 Byers 1,212 $64,688.0 $165,000.0
70 Silt 3,051 $56,764.0 $223,900.0
71 Idaho Springs 1,970 $50,833.0 $200,000.0
72 Akron 2,116 $42,500.0 $89,700.0
73 Springfield 1,474 $32,208.0 $63,400.0
74 Bennett 2,291 $51,708.0 $181,300.0
75 Penrose 3,176 $62,321.0 $173,800.0
76 Platteville 2,664 $63,929.0 $187,200.0
77 Cripple Creek 1,145 $38,438.0 $131,000.0
78 Hudson 1,709 $55,595.0 $188,000.0
79 Colorado City 2,316 $54,403.0 $172,100.0
80 Meeker 2,713 $51,101.0 $182,100.0
81 Kremmling 1,476 $46,429.0 $203,200.0
82 Alamosa East 1,620 $46,080.0 $131,100.0
83 Paonia 1,365 $37,330.0 $159,200.0
84 Monte Vista 4,236 $35,282.0 $107,900.0
85 Fowler 1,233 $32,647.0 $83,500.0
86 Walsenburg 2,904 $28,885.0 $93,300.0
87 Aristocrat Ranchettes 1,150 $50,365.0 $200,300.0
88 Florence 3,845 $39,629.0 $112,700.0
89 Rocky Ford 3,831 $32,260.0 $76,900.0
90 Ordway 1,297 $27,727.0 $64,300.0
91 Cedaredge 2,175 $36,364.0 $176,000.0
92 Pagosa Springs 1,927 $30,469.0 $197,800.0
93 Center 2,033 $27,216.0 $74,800.0
94 Orchard City 3,053 $37,500.0 $192,900.0
95 Del Norte 1,621 $30,714.0 $80,500.0
96 Manassa 1,005 $34,554.0 $87,100.0
97 Las Animas 2,047 $22,474.0 $54,900.0
98 Aetna Estates 1,352 $46,250.0 $44,400.0
99 Parachute 1,233 $41,429.0 $160,800.0
100 Towaoc 1,025 $20,455.0 $157,600.0

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